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in our society. >> i would comment i'm too distracted by what she's wearing and it's a disgrace. >> all right, thanks so much john and zirleena. that is "the ed show." "politicsnation" with reverend al sharpton starts right now. good evening, rev. >> good evening, ed, and thanks to you for tuning in. we start tonight with breaking news on ebola. just momentis ago in a show of force from the white house, top officials charged with health and national security issues said they made this a national priority. >> as the president has said, we are not facing just a health crisis. we are facing a national security priority. >> since the outbreak began, the united states government has been engaged in preparation both at home and abroad. >> our health infrastructure in the united states is well
equipped to stop ebola in its tracks. >> here's the latest. right now, a crew is disinfecting the dallas apartment where ebola patient thomas eric duncan was staying. it comes five days after he was hospitalized. crews also wrapped up and taped the car used to transport duncan to the hospital. the four members of his family quarantined at the apartment will soon be moved to an undisclosed location. also today, spreading anxiety. two reports. one out of washington, d.c., another from atlanta. of patients being tested for ebola. >> the patient has been admitted to howard university hospital with ebola-like symptoms. that is how it is being described. they also confirm this patient had traveled to nigeria recently. >> if there's an ebola concern at the county jail.
>> it indicated during the check-in process that he had been traveling recently in africa. he was also exhibiting at the time, fever-like symptoms. >> initial tests on the atlanta patient have come back negative. but a final test is still to come. and late today, new details about the american cameraman working for nbc news, who contracted ebola. he's heading to a medical center in nebraska for care. he was working with nbc's dr. nancy snyderman, who today said the crew is taking precautions. >> we shared a work space. we shared vehicles. we shared equipment. but everyone here is hyperalert. we have not been in close proximity. no one shakes hands. there's no hugging. so i do believe that our team, while we have been hypervigilant, we are at very, very, very low-risk.
>> nbc's charles had lock is live in dallas, also dr. seema yasmin, public health professor at ut dallas and staff writer for the morning news. thank you both for joining me. >> good evening. >> charles, let me start with the apartment. what's the latest with that and with the family that's living there. >> well, this is where patient zero lived for several days while he was in dallas. the ivy apartments in northeast dallas. what is going on right now, the clean-up, a private company has been contracted and they are in the process of disinfecting and cleaning and removing the sheets, the beds, the carpeting, the other items that this man may have come in contact with. they're going to haul it away in nine to 12 barrels. they'll be taken to a disposal side, held for a few days until the permits are right and
probably incinerated after that. the family is reportedly still inside the apartment, at least that's the official word from the city of dallas. they are expected to be moved later to an undisclosed location. not a medical location, but simply another place to stay for another 20 days until the end of their incubation period. to make sure they are not infected with the ebola virus that they may have come in contact with while patient zero was staying here, reverend al. >> dr. yasmin, the hospital has now admittedly dropped the ball when thomas duncan told a nurse, not a doctor, but a nurse, that he had been in liberia. quote, we have identified a flaw in the way the physician and the nursing portions of our electronic health records interacted in this specific case. as designed, the travel history would not automatically appeared
in the standard work flow. does this go back to questions of readiness at other hospitals across the country? >> it really does, and what we're hearing from the hospital is that there are two separate work flows, had this piece of crucial information, and they tell us the physician's work flow is separate. what we want to know, is did that physician take a travel history. it's incumbent on every health care provider to ask that question. you have to ask about a travel history. we have heard from other local hospitals that since august 4th, they have been asking these questions routinely of all of their patients. they built them into automatic electronic records so that nurses, doctors, all health care professionals ask patients about travel to west africa. dr. yasmin, let's talk about the timeline here. thomas duncan went to the hospital on september 25th.
but crews are only disinfecting his apartment today. so for parts of nine days, the apartment could have been cleaned and wasn't. should this have been done faster, and is there a threat that the virus could have spread from the apartment in that time? >> reverend, reporters at dallas morning news are talking about this right now. we're writing about this right now, about fundamental potential flaws in this investigation and the potential that cdc guidelines about cleaning that apartment were not followed. as you mentioned, hazmat crews went in today. we're asking why were they not sent in earlier, and why were the soiled clothing and bedding remaining in that apartment for so long while that family was still in there? >> charles, hasn't there been a lot of skepticism about how this whole thing was handled? >> a lot of people want to know why it did take so long. they knew that the ebola patient was here on sunday.
and here it is friday afternoon, they're cleaning up the apartment. the reason they say they're moving the family is not for their health, because they're not symptom attic, but simply to ease the fears of the community here. they had no idea that an ebola patient was living among them for a few days. >> ebola is transmitted through direct contact, that includes being near someone who sneezes. listen to this. >> so, there are certainly theoretical situations where someone sneezes and if you know were sneezed on and then touched your eye or mouth or nose with the part of your body that was sneezed on, it would not be impossible that you could get spread in that way. that's why, if you look at our guidelines, with a prolonged exposure within one meter, three feet is considered contact.
>> charles, three feet is considered contact? >> that's right. if you come in contact with any bodily fluid, of course if someone sneezes you're within range of being in contact. but also this man was ill, had diarrhea, was throwing up, he was sweating, all those fluids are in that apartment. so the question is, were the people, the five family members exposed to that during the time he was in the apartment. and also during the five days they waited until the clean-up crews arrived today. those are very good questions to ask. >> yasmin, five days, nine days later, we're told now that three feet is contact. sneezing could expose you to it. it's a little different picture than it was originally painted to the american public. >> absolutely. some of this public health knowled
messaging is becoming confusing for the public. we know ebola is transmitted with direct contact with infected blood, urine, feces and vomit. we know there's virus in saliva, there's a lot more virus in fact in blood and feces in particular. we have to be consistent about the messages. we are saying so far the evidence says that ebola is not transmitted through the air, through water, or through food. that's what we're learning from cdc. >> let me ask you, dr. yasmin, bottom line, is the united states really to handle this ebola situation? as people are coming here, or people are discovered already here that may have the virus? >> well, we really hope so, reverend. we have a robust public health system here in the united states. we're hearing from cities and counties across the country. that they are now really gearing up, they are ready in case an ebola patient walks into the
hospital. i was in a local ed yesterday and they said we're on high alert, we know an ebola patient could walk through the doors. they're all gearing up in case there's another case of ebola. >> charles had lock and dr. seema yasmin, thank you both for your time tonight. >> thank you. coming up the story that republicans don't want the president to talk about. it's a huge issue, and it could prove the difference in these mid-term elections. plus a stunning new failure by the secret service. how did a man posing as a congressman get backstage at a presidential speech. also a fox news anchor is now asking if being a grandmother might hurt hillary clinton politically. and tonight, muhammad ali as you've never heard him before. home recordings he made for his
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breaking news, another horrific video released by the terrorist group isis. it claims to show the beheading of british hostage alan henning. and threatens the life of another hostage. nbc consultants believe the video is authentic, but it has not yet been confirmed by american or british officials. this is the fourth such video isis has released. joining me now by phone is nbc news terrorism analyst evan coleman. evan, obviously this horrific act is part of the propaganda war. what do they hope to achieve
with it? >> well, look, right now the uk government has just begun involving itself in air strikes in iraq and eventually in syria. this is a very clear message aimed at both the uk government and more importantly the british public, an attempt to intimidate the british public and try to force them out of this alliance. try to stop them from launching air strikes. >> but does isis realize that videos like this will only serve to harden the reserve of the u.s. and other countries in the fight? >> i mean, look, they should. because in this case, this was someone who not only were there appeals from a variety of different individuals, including his wife in western countries, you had jihadist recruiters expelled from the uk who put out videos telling isis don't do this. don't kill this guy. if you do this, it will be a mark against you, it will be a crime, something you will never escape from.
and despite this, despite all of these calls for isis to show mercy, they've shown none. it's a reflection of the fact that this group doesn't care what anyone thinks of them. hopefully they're turn off and disgust so many people, including the vast majority of muslims around the world, that they'll end up losing their own support base. we don't know if that will happen, but we hope that's the case. >> evan, thank you for your time tonight. we'll be right back. great rates and safety working in harmony. open an optimizer +plus account from synchrony bank. visit myoptimizerplus.com to open an account. service. security. savings. synchrony bank engage with us.
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it goes in fits and starts. it's not always been perfectly smooth, or as fast as we want, but it is real, and it is steady, and it is happening. and it's making a difference in economies all across the country. president obama today talking about america's comeback after the bush recession. today, we learned the economy added 248,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.9%, the lowest since july 2008. the last time a republican president cratered the economy. under president obama, we have now seen 55 straight months of private sector job growth. that's the longest streak in american history. but today speaker boehner said, quote, only republicans are offering real solutions to help
get people back to work. only republicans are offering solutions? speaker boehner, you can have your own opinion. but you can't have your own facts. the facts are this. we still got a lot of work to do. too many gains have gone to the top. but the economy is back on track and it's getting stronger every month. joining me now is jared bern sten, former chief economist for vice president biden. thank you for being here, jared. >> thank you, rev. >> put this in context. how far have we come since the depths of the recession? >> that's a good question for me, because i remember being in the white house working with the team in the heart of the great recession. you have to remember, in the first quarter of president obama's term, employment cratered. i mean, it was nightmarish. it fell by over two million jobs in just the first three months.
the economy in gdp terms, turned around in the middle of 2009. but it wasn't until about six months later we started adding employment. and on the chart you showed, it's been pretty much steady since then. >> president obama talked about how politics are getting in the way. listen to this. >> the only thing that's holding us up right now is politics. you know, we should be raising the minimum wage to make sure that more workers -- [ applause ] -- if they're working full time, shouldn't be living in poverty. we should be making sure that women are getting paid the same as men for doing the same work. [ cheers and applause ] that -- that's something by the way, that should be a no-brainer for men too. >> i mean, jared, aren't there concrete things the congress could do to make sure more people benefitted from the recovery? >> that's a very important point, reverend. the president gave a talk on the
economy yesterday and ticked through two of these ideas. two of the most important ones are the ones he just mentioned, the minimum wage and gender pay equity. but also, this would be a great time to do some infrastructure investment. borrowing costs are still low, we could help boost the economy's underlying productivity rate, but these ideas have been on the legislative table from the president and the democratic side since 2010, and 2011, and they've been shot down every time they've come up for a vote. >> but republicans talk about how president obama is a job killer. but look at this. under president bush, we saw a net loss of over 600,000 private sector jobs. under president obama, we've seen a net gain of 6.8 million. what more do we expect from the economy over the next two years
in your opinion, as we see this? >> i think a lot of these guys and gals are just turning the graph upside down. saying, look at it this way. no question that the numbers are just as the president said earlier, gaining momentum in his favor. that said, there is -- and you were right about this, rev -- there are some places where there's real work left to do. most importantly from my perspective is on the wage side. people coming back to work, the unemployment rate coming down, but the economy's growth is just not showing up enough in people's paychecks. and that's going to take a tighter labor market than we have today. >> absolutely. jared bernstein, thank you for your time tonight. have a great weekend. >> thank you, you too. still ahead, a stunning new failure from the agents charged with protecting our president. also, muhammad ali as you've never heard him before. rare tapes of him talking to his
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today we learned about another disturbing incident. it happened just last saturday at the president's speech at the congressional black caucus foundation. bloomberg reports an unidentified man came backstage, claiming to be a member of congress. the secret service spokesman said the agency did its job, by screening everyone who attended. quote, this guy went through security fully screened. that may be true, but why did it take a white house staffer to realize this man was in a secure area when he wasn't supposed to be. why didn't an agent stop him? these details come after a
provokative report from the interactive, finding some african americans see the secret service as a flawed shield, with many believing the security breaches were intentional. the country needs to have confidence in the agency protecting our president, and right now, many don't. joining me now is congressman emanuel cleaver. congressman, thank you for being here. >> good to be with you, reverend. >> another report of a security breach with the secret service. i mean, how much confidence do you have right now in the agency? >> well, about half an inch. but i think that's based on all of these revelations that somehow creates an image of the agency of being incompetent. they are all, you know, lieutenant cal useo, and i think what we've got to do is have a complete reform of the secret service. there are african americans and people of goodwill who are
americans who are concerned. and most african americans will tell you, even during the campaign, many people, i can't even tell you the people who came up and said, i sure hope this man doesn't get assassinated. because they feared that would happen. >> well, i get it every day on my radio show, and it's increased with all of these secret service debacles. and this last one is particularly alarming to you and i personally. we were at the speech the president gave saturday night and we were in the back taking pictures with them. this guy, whoever he was, if he had been a danger was right there with everybody. when i first saw the report earlier today, i thought, you know, something has to be done. i know it's difficult, when the president is around perhaps tens of thousands of people, but the secret service has got to be willing and able to step up to
the plate and protect the president. i mean, that's unacceptable. there were a lot of people, as you recall, backstage. and someone could have done a lot of damage, not just in terms of with the president, but there were members of congress back there. there were leadership from the house of representatives back there. so something has to be done. the people of this country must be made to feel that the secret service is able to step up to the plate and protect the president. a lot of paranoia out there right now, oh, they're doing this deliberately. i don't think that's the case. i'm certain that it's not the case. but paranoia always seems logical if it's based in reality, and that is, people see and hear all of the hateful things people are saying. somebody referring to the president as a sub human mongrel. somebody calling him a black sam bow. and so when these things are said, we know -- >> water melon cartoons in
boston. >> yes. >> but let me say this, the outrage over these incidents have been really bipartisan. today the chair and ranking member of the house oversight committee wrote a letter asking for the independent panel investigating the secret service to do several things. first, to review not only recent security lapses, but the full range of management, personnel, training, and cultural issues. second to examine the process by which the secret service communicates with congress, the press, the american people, and the president himself. and third, to make an unclassified version of his report. will this help reestablish faith in the agency, congressman? >> i think it's the best first step we can have. as everybody in the world knows, the two people who lead that committee are not likely dance partners. but i think when it comes to the
security of the president of the united states, it appears to me that people on both sides of the aisle are putting politics aside and demanding this kind of a study, i think, will reveal our weak spots, our weak points. and i do think that there is the will power in government right now to make whatever corrections are necessary. keep in mind, we're not even at maximum personnel now. and it's not due to a lack of money. for whatever reason, we're not able to fill vacancies. so there are a lot of issues that must come to the surface and be dealt with quickly. >> and i agree with you. i don't think congressman ice and cummings are dance partners. congressman, thank you for your time tonight. >> good to be with you, rev. still ahead, jimmy fallon takes on the fake photos that republicans are using for outreach. also, muhammad ali as you've
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we're back now with "conversation nation." joining us tonight elizabeth plank, toure and trial attorney sema aisle. thank you for being here. >> thanks, rev. >> happy birthday. >> thank you, thank you. we start with the gop getting the jimmy fallon treatment on "the tonight show" last night for using stock photos in their new ad campaign. >> these are stock photos of a black woman in one of their ads and pretending that she's really a republican. the only trouble is, the same stock photo has been in a bunch of other ads have been released
already. this is an ad for virtual office assistant. that's the same welcome. using a lot of stock photos. check it out. >> we here in the gop have real solutions for real americans. real americans like this old woman about to skateboard, or these two men playing chess while a parrot watching, smiling man from the '90s. we're ready to fight for you. toure, how big a problem does the gop have that they can't find real people? >> it's obviously a real problem because they don't have policies that benefit black and brown people. they sometimes lie and say their policies do, but we know better. we've known that for decades. so they have to use these fake people to illustrate black people who might be down with their cause. >> can't they find one black person? >> you would settle for just one. >> just one. one real black person, as opposed to to someone who's paid a flat fee.
>> what does it say to voters, to the general public, that they have to use stock photos? >> it says it they have turned away the black community. whereas, i think, personally, as a non-politics person, back in 2008, the black community was more receptive to the republican party. >> i don't know about that. >> compared to now. at least we had some black republicans. now we have to use pictures of -- >> when you go to the rnc, there's always going to be some chocolate chips in the sea of vanilla ice cream. >> wouldn't you think they would know they were going to get caught? >> i think whoever is running their pr is a democratic infiltrator trying to expose how out of touch this party is. what else could it be? >> the subway sandwich chain, some are saying the new halloween ad is sexist. subway wants women to stay skinny so they can wear sexy
halloween costumes. many are calling it sexist. but subway says, people are missing the humor in it. you be the judge. take a look. >> you guys are eating burgers? >> summer's over. >> halloween's coming. you got to stay in shape for ula the costumes. >> what's that? >> you know, like attractive nurse? red riding hood, viking princess warrior, hot devil, and foxy fullback, touch down? >> i mean we're supposed to be nervous about bikini season, now halloween season. i think it's another example of. cans not knowing how to target women. >> i think it's a joke. it's a joke, come on, people. she's in the workplace. >> she's eating. >> do you think it's sexist, elizabeth? >> i think it is. >> and you don't? >> no, i think it's hysterical. i think it's great. >> i'm certainly not going to split the difference with these
two. but you always notice at halloween time that all the women's costumes are sexualized. the men's costumes aren't the same. >> that's a point. >> it's because we want to be attractive. >> men want to be attractive. >> but the issue is oversexualized, with all these costumes. >> and women can be more than sexual objects, especially in the workplace. >> she is. she's a nurse, she's a medical professional. >> her and her and her, it's all of these kinds of images, i think, that made a lot of people respond. >> exactly. it's all those images combined. we've seen companies go the extra mile and so women in empowered position. and that works. that sells product. >> i think to what liz is saying, we're not going to pick one ad and say it's sexist. but when you look at all the images you get from media, it's constantly the oversexualization of women. >> i don't disagree with that. i think if you look at it cumulatively, i would agree with
both of you. >> you wore her down. [ laughter ] >> usually does. >> some on the right are getting really low. we knew it was coming. but today some in the media are attacking hillary clinton for mentioning her baby granddaughter in a speech. >> hillary clinton's new granddaughters already in the political spotlight, and her grandmother put her there, using the infant in a speech on women empowerment. is it okay for her to use the newborn to gain political points? >> for bringing it up this early, it's not strong. >> using a newborn to score political points. sema, your reaction? >> it is okay to use anything to score political points. we're talking about hillary, folks. she's a political machine. and she has been criticized for being somewhat cold and removed from the public. so this is going to soften her
up. grandma hill. >> i don't even see where it scores political points or softens her up. this is something that happened in her life. right? >> a grandchild. first one. >> she crossed over to another threshold. it's just should go that happened. it's not a politicized move, and it doesn't relate to her as a 2016 candidate. the whole discussion of she might not run because she has a grandchild. that's incredibly sexist to me. >> but isn't it true that if she didn't show some public emotion about having a grandchild, a first one, they'd criticize her saying, she just had a grandchild and doesn't even talk about it. >> exactly. it would be politicized for a woman, but not for a man. it's important to have this conversation, i think it goes to the point of how nervous the right is about this candidate, how experienced and competent she is, that they have to go so low to attack her.
>> right. >> but i think that, are we getting ready just for the season of them pouncing on hillary clinton no matter what cause they feel she's the candidate? >> they've been ready for a while. >> the democratic party hasn't had a candidate coming into the race this large, this experienced, this kind of resume, perhaps ever. so yeah, they are loading up for bear. but if this is the best they have, she's talking about her grandchild, then it's going to be a long 2016. >> you don't think it softens up her image? >> it does. but this is who she is as a person. it's not like she changed her life -- >> elizabeth? >> it's already nasty. i think at this point, it only gives hillary more credence. when i see her attacked like that as a woman, i have more sympathy for her. >> when they talk about maybe she has brain damage from the fall, like you can see how nasty it's going to be. >> desperate.
>> definitely desperate. >> going to have to leave it there, elizabeth, toure, and sema, thank you and have a great weekend. tonight miss toure's new radio show "food for thought with toure" starting tomorrow on sirius progress 127. up next, the private side of muhammad ali. home recordings you've never heard before. part of a new movie and i'll talk about it with two of the champ's daughters.
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muhammad ali as you've never heard him before. a new documentary called "i am ali" uses the champ's own tape recordings made at home, many of them for his children, to show a side of ali that view people knew. >> my father has a lot of sides. and you hear about the fights, you don't hear about family that much and what that meant to him. >> i remember the moment i fell in love with him, when he was -- oh, it's going to make me cry. >> muhammad ali! >> how you doing? >> he whispered in my ear, is that all you got, george? and that was about all i had. [ laughter ] >> this is a microphone, when
you get to be a big girl, i'm going to play this back so you can hear. >> i was at a higher altitude than the rest. i was faster than the rest. but you just have to get used to riding on jets again. >> muhammad ali is one of the great public figures in the world. and now this film is revealing the private man as well. >> joining me now the film's director, along with two of the champ's daughters, hana ali, and maryum ali. >> hey. >> thank you all for being here. >> thank you for having us. >> it's an honor to be here. >> when did both of you realize that you were the daughter of a world-famous personality? >> i knew in phases. like i would say about 4 or 5. because so many celebrities always around us, so many
crowding us. but at the age of 15, i think i understand what he meant and how he transcended race and culture and religion. someone in a diner walked over to my father and said, i denounced my kkk family because i grew to love a black men. and we're all crying at a diner in bakesers field. so i knew your love and people feel you, and all races love you. >> claire, as a film maker, what was it like to get access to all these personal recordings? >> i felt voyeuristic, that was listening to something quite intimate. i just loved hearing his voice strong. you really got a sense of how much he loved his family. his vulnerability, all sorts of things came through those tape recordings. >> she loved it so much, the film was three hours long, she had to shave it down. [ laughter ] >> let me play this clip in which your father talks to you about your purpose in life.
watch this. >> everything has a purpose, the moon, stars, everything has a purpose. what's your purpose? you're a human being. if got made the sun have a purpose, humans have a purpose too. you haven't found your life purpose yet, have you? >> yes. >> what do you think you were born for? >> to make people feel better. to fix people up. >> that's good. that's good, maryum. >> yeah, you know, my dad found boxing at 12 years old. he always felt if a child can find out what they love early, that may give them a better chance, not just what career do you want, but what you want to do. i said i wanted to be a social worker and help people with gang prevention. he made us think about that, and that's best practice in parenting today. >> one of the things about your father, he personally loved to
help people. things that were never in the headlines. there's a clip in there, hana, where he went out of his way to help a little boy with cancer. watch this. >> that little voice said i got leukemia. all he said was, i remember, i told you, that you are going to beat cancer, and i'm going to beat george foreman. and the little voice said, no, muhammad, i'm going to meet god and i'm going to tell him that i know you. >> yeah, that's one of my favorite stories. my father used to say to me when i was a little girl when he had to go leave to train, i would kra and say i want to go with you. he would say, hana, i'm your daddy, but i'm the daddy to the world. i have a responsibility. and that's why he's so loved and a hero. he genuinely treated people, like they were his own. >> this love he had for people, he would just go out in the streets and just -- >> yeah, you know.
>> -- enjoy himself. just hanging around. >> i think if anyone met my dad, or has a story about what he's done for them, we could make a book out of it. i mean, those stories, like the little kid dying, and those stories, he's taken in homeless family, bought people's educations and homes. i mean, the list goes on and on. >> it's an insatiable kind of thing, where he needs people, he feeds off that energy. >> you've been around him. you know. >> i joke all the time, daddy, the next book is, daddy, you're the eighth wonder of the world. he'd love that. >> i'm sure he would. >> now, let me ask both of you, when did you sense that the world turned? he was very controversial at one point. but then he became this universally loved figure. when did you start feeling the shift? >> my father will tell you is
when people realized he's not a superman, he's a human. he, loo at parkinson's and said god did this to show you and everybody that i'm just a man, like everybody else. that human side, otherwise before that, no one would know that unless they knew him personally. they saw him in front of cameras. >> my father is a man who has really evolved. he once said the man who thinks the same way at 60 as he did at 30 wasted 30 years. he owned up to his mistakes. he went from islam to a more orthodox islam. he went through everyone is equal and universal love. he went on the trajectory you're supposed to go on. >> right. >> because that was always in his heart. >> i would say, when he won the championship three times, it's like, wow, because everyone said, you're not going to do it.
and so he kept -- it just goes through phases for him. >> the film is called "i am ali" hana, maryum, the film opens next week, congratulations on the film, and thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> such an honor to be here. >> the honor is mine. >> thank you. still ahead, the first lady leaves them laughing in a visit to daytime tv. you'll want to see what she says about halloween at the white house. also, my parting thoughts on how it feels to be 60 years young today. stay with us. your customers, our financing. your aspirations, our analytics. your goals, our technology. introducing synchrony financial,
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i remember your big hair days. >> you know what they say, go big or go home. kernell, let me know how to lose that weight. lord knows i need to do the same. thank you, the key is exercise and a disciplined diet. i'd like to thank everyone for all the tweets and calls and birthday shoutouts. i'd like to thank those who came from new york, we had a big reception from aretha franklin and the mayor, we had a big gospel concert. i thank those who have marched with me and stand with me. the mothers of trayvon martin, they came. because one thing i learned is that the key to life is to find out what your life is about and what the purpose is that you're on the planet. mine is social justice. i have made mistakes.
i got deterred and i've got involved, but my overriding theme from being a little boy preaching in brooklyn, to being a teenage activist, all the way to now, has been my fight for social justice. and those little people that bleed in the same fight are the things i'm most proud of. i'm getting older, learning how to do it better. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. have a great weekend. "hardball" starts right now. >> another beheading abroad and ebola quarantine at home. this is "hardball." ♪ ♪ knng, i'm chris matthews in washington. we begin tonight, this friday night with the latest horror from abroad. the islamic state has committed anotr